Review of Pure Control by C. Lloyd Brill

A review of C. Lloyd Brill’s wonderful Pure Control. Go get yourself a copy. Highly recommended!

S.M. Lowry

Pure Control

*Disclaimer: I beta-read this book. It was NOT in exchange for a review. The review is because I loved it!

Genre: Science Fiction

In Pure Control by C. Lloyd Brill a strange room is unearthed during the building of an amusement park. With the room’s bizarre but inoperative knobs and gadgets, the amusement park developer believes it will make a great attraction for little kids. Unfortunately for the first group to enjoy the attraction, the room turns out to be something they never expected. The need to work together is vital, but the situation brings out the worst in the people involved. Giancarlo tries desperately to lead, but he’s frequently thwarted by Quinn. While the adults fight for control, the power rests with the children.

Pure Control is a wonderfully written sci-fi novel. I hated being interrupted during this novel because I just had to know what happened next. C…

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Introducing Adriel Reed


Today on Paws4Thought we welcome Shades of Fear author Adriel Reed. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Adriel.

 I have been in love with storytelling since I was a young boy. Science fiction is my passion, but I only started allowing it to blossom in 2009, my junior year in college. Since then, I’ve been working non-stop to improve my craft. It is an amazing experience, creating a story and building reality on top of it.


How did you get involved with Shades of Fear?

I was involved with the “Write On Nanos” group on Facebook when the anthology was pitched to the group. Fear is not my style, but All of Life is a Game came to me very quickly. I jumped in as soon as possible and was honored to discover my name among the accepted entries.


Who are your favorite authors?

Ray Bradbury, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George Orwell. I’m a big fan of the classic science fiction and fantasy, the writing that broke the mold and forged the path for our generation of storytellers.


Tell us a bit about your story All of Life is a Game?

This short story came to me while I was playing League of Legends. The game was unrelated, but I thought about how video games, like other stories, unlock worlds. The thought expanded. Like books or television, it would be simple to move between the different worlds. What if that video game experience went wrong? What if things became terrifying in a game and you couldn’t get out? That’s what inspired the story.


Are you a gamer? What is your current and all-time favorite video game?

I am a gamer, not only video games, but board games, RPG, sports, and all sorts of games. My favorite all-time video RPG is Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. It is an incredible adventure that can take hundreds, maybe thousands of hours.


If you could create your own virtual reality world (like the holodeck in Star Trek or maybe Better Than Life in Red Dwarf), what would be in it?

My family and a rocket ship, and as many different planets as there could possibly be. Life’s an adventure. I enjoy running, and all the open space that running provides. Open spaces and open skies are all I need.


What are your own greatest fears and how do you deal with them?

My greatest fear is putting all the effort into this work and wasting time. I’m so passionate about what I do, I’m terrified it’d all be a waste. That’s why I pour my heart into every writing and every advertisement.


Tell us about Reed It Studios?

Reed It Studios is an online entertainment company. My plan for the company is to offer publication for science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels. In addition, Reed It Studios will be involved in filming short films and movies. We are about creating great stories in every media.


So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

My current project is a long story of a church in space. There is great focus on redemption as well as a first attempt at a secret agent type life. The working title is Temple Star.


How can readers connect with you?

Readers can contact me on my website (, through email (, on Facebook (, Twitter (, or YouTube (



Cats, Imps, and Pure Control – Meet C. LLoyd Brill

Today on Paws4Thought we continue our Shades of Fear series with author and cat-lover, C. Lloyd Brill. He stopped by to talk about Shades of Fear story, The Gift, his debut novel, Pure Control, and his ten furry friends. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Clint.

I’m 42 and live in Bakersfield, California. I started writing stories 30 years ago but never seriously considered publishing them until just recently. I love to write and when I’m not writing I’m reading anything I can get my hands on or playing with my cats.

Kat     Sinjin

How did you get involved with Shades of Fear?

I was part of a NaNoWriMo support group on Facebook and the other members called for stories that involve Fear. The idea intrigued me and I asked to be included in the anthology.

Who are your favorite authors?

Piers Anthony and Terry Brooks are at the top of my list of favorite authors. I grew up reading everything I could find by them. I still re-read their books from time to time and I never get tired of them.

Mini    Peewee

Tell us a bit about your story The Gift?

The Gift started as a story idea on a role-playing website I was on. I was given three elements (Urban Fantasy, Action, and a gift) and had to come up with a story using them. I imagined a character having the worst day of his life and tried to think of a way to make that day even worse. I’ve always been fond of imps in stories and knew I had to include one somehow. That’s when I settled on the idea of the painting as the gift element from the prompts. I’ve never done well writing action scenes but I had fun writing Sean’s fight with the imp.

Are you planning to go back to the world of The Gift? I was intrigued by the world you created in this story and would love to read more.

I’ve always seen The Gift as a standalone story. I did enjoy writing it and I’d consider doing a full length novel (or two or three or ten) set in that world if there was enough interest in it from readers.

What is the strangest gift that you’ve ever been given?

The strangest gift I ever received would have to be a bowling ball. I’ve never bowled, I’ve never been interested in bowling, and I have no idea why that person took it upon himself to give me a bowling ball.

What are your own greatest fears and how do you deal with them?

My greatest fear is spiders. I’m so terrified of them I can’t even look at a picture without getting the chills. I’m trying to get over it by looking at them on occasion but it isn’t easy.

Baby    Nino

Tell us about Pure Control?

Pure Control is my first full length novel. I had a lot of fun writing it. It’s categorized as science fiction but it’s really more about a group of people thrown into an unusual situation and their attempt to deal with it. The story focuses on the people and their emotions and reactions to each other and the situation so I tried to make the characters as realistic and believable as I could.

Any advice to others planning to self-publish?

Don’t rush into it. Without an agent or publishing house telling you what needs to be changed, it’s easy to get in a hurry to get your “masterpiece” into the hands of the public. Take it slow. Get people to read it and get an honest opinion. Edit, rewrite, and polish, then set it aside for a few weeks or months then go through the process again. You’re the final judge of when it’s ready for the world. If you rush into it the world will know and it will hurt your reputation as a quality author.

Brutus2     Blondie

I hear you have ten cats! We love kitties here at Paws4Thought. Can you introduce us to your cats?

I love all of my cats. It all started a few years ago when we heard a cat meowing outside the back door. We brought her in, named her Kat and she’s been with us ever since. Not long after she joined us, she gave birth to Sinjin, Mini, Reyna and Peewee. Reyna is no longer with us but the others are still here. A couple years ago we found a pregnant female that was being attacked by other neighborhood cats so we brought her in. We named her Mama and she gave birth to Niño, Blondie, Baby and Garfield. Mama passed on earlier this year and we found a home for Garfield but the others are still with us. Brutus was abused and abandoned in the alley behind our house and he was fighting with the other males so we brought him in and have been giving him all the love he can handle. Teddy and Angel were born under our house (we have quite a few strays that we feed outside that live under the house) and they came inside one day when the door was open. They’ve been indoor cats ever since. All ten of the indoor cats get plenty of love and affection and I love them like they’re my own children.

Teddy    Angel

So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a fantasy novel with a working title of Wynter’s Song. I also have the beginning of a science fiction mercenary story that doesn’t have a title yet. I’m hoping both of them will be the first books of an open ended series.

How can readers connect with you?

I’d be happy to connect with readers and they can find me on Facebook , WordPress, follow me on Twitter,  or email me at

Also follow Clint on his new blog –

PureControl   ShadesofFear

Meet B.B. Raven


Today on Paws4Thought we continue our Shades of Fear series with the author of The Nominee, BB Raven. Tell us a little bit about yourself, BB.  

I am very stubborn and independent. I have a big heart and I love children. One of the reasons why I chose to contribute to the Shades of Fear Anthology is because it was for a charity that would help children with cancer. I had a very unstable childhood; my father was an alcoholic and my mother abandoned me. Thank goodness for my grandparents. My grandfather, who is now 78, is still a big part of my life. My son and I help take care of him. We are simple southern folk who enjoy collard greens and fried chicken on Sundays.

How did you choose your pen name?

I was 12 years old when my grandmother died. She wasn’t just any grandmother, she raised me. The loss was so deep and painful, it helped for me to write through my feelings. I wrote dark poetry mostly. I wanted to be someone else, and I remembered that they said they were going to name me Raven, but changed it to Brandi instead. I liked Raven better. Poe did have some influence over my pen-name, but his raven said “Nevermore”. I didn’t want to be that raven, I wanted to be the raven that would say anything.

Who are your favorite authors?

I mostly read non-fiction for research. Hemingway, Faulkner, and King are the authors that I admire. I have so many plotlines and stories inside my own head that I try to focus on getting them out. I am the worst at reading for leisure.

Tell us a bit about your story The Nominee?

Ah yes, the rise and fall of Frankie Juarez. Frankie is a typical Hollywood starlet who was nominated for an Academy Award. She was also nominated to join a chameleon program ran by a secret agency called “The Republic”. She was abducted against her will and taken from her famous lifestyle. Frankie’s biggest fear is being a “nobody”. She is also afraid of the unknown. Facing her fears was her biggest performance yet! My biggest challenge about this story was using real celebrity names and brands. We had a snag right before it was published but was able to work it all out.

What are your own greatest fears and how do you deal with them?

Don’t laugh, but lightning. Central Florida is the lightning capital of the world, I try to avoid going anywhere if there is lightning outside. On a more personal note, I try not to let my fears get the best of me, like the fear of failure, or the fear of having people say negative things. I have endured a lot of personal hardships, I lean towards my writing and my imagination to save me from the darkest days. I hope to inspire others to accomplish their dreams, and look fear in the face and win!

If you were invited to the Oscars, who would you be most excited to meet?

Hmmmm… there are a lot of people on that list. But I said if I ever went to the Academy Awards, I would want to talk to Joan Rivers. The first thing I would do is touch her and say “You don’t feel like plastic at all.” J  Oh you thought I was going to get all star-struck and swoon over Brad Pitt? No, I want to work with Brad Pitt. Quentin Tarantino, and David O’Russell. Seriously, if I was at the Oscars, it means I made it as a screenwriter and it means I’m one step closer to my dream.

Are you planning to continue your story? What happens next?

My editor is encouraging me to continue the story, so I think we will start off with Frankie in the chameleon training and then her first assignment.Think Swamp People meets Full Metal Jacket. That’s all I can say.

What do you like to do to relax?

I live in Florida, the best thing about Florida is all the water. I love to ride the boat in the lake, sun on the beach, or saltwater fish. I also work on songwriting and channeling my inner “Jimmy Buffett”. So to relax for me would be to grab my acoustic guitar “Jubilee” and pick her to death. If I want to get my mind off of writing altogether, I head to the race track. I am a sucker for octane and fast cars.

What are you currently working on?

A great epic action/adventure historical piece. It is about an orphaned girl, a gambler, and a bloodhound detective who is tracking them all. J This story has a working title of Abilene, it is set in the 1920’s in Mississippi. It is a little Tom Sawyer, Macbeth, and Sherlock Holmes all wrapped up into one package. I am writing it into two different mediums as narrative format which will be available this summer in print and online and a script format that I am submitting to the Sundance Screenwriter’s Workshop.

Thank you for talking to us BB. We look forward to reading more from you in the future and watching you make your acceptance speech at the Oscars!

Pick up your copy of Shades of Fear today to read BB Raven’s story, The Nominee. All proceeds go to pediatric cancer research and treatment.


But Tell Me, Where Do The Children Play?


Science fiction used to be the home of dangerous ideas.

Growing up in the 1960’s and 1970’s, I needed that.  I was a strange child, with few friends and no close connections.  I didn’t fit in anywhere, not at home, not at school,  not in the suburban residential neighborhood that I wandered through, lonely as a cloud.

Pretty much the only place that I could feel I belonged was the library.  I read voraciously, and I discovered an entire class of books that dealt with the strange, the things that didn’t fit.  The things like me.

From science fiction I learned that I was not alone, not sui generis. Other people had the same kind of oddball corkscrew mind I had.  Because science fiction (and fantasy, although my hometown library didn’t make that distinction and put everything that was set someplace else in one section) wasn’t supposed to be

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